Local youth and veterans to benefit from National Suit Drive
The Greater Miami Service Corps (GMSC) is partnering with Men’s Wearhouse to launch its 8th annual National Suit Drive, an initiative that collects donations of gently-used professional attire for unemployed Americans. Clothing collected at Men’s Wearhouse stores through July 31st will be distributed to GMSC and over 180 local nonprofit organizations that provide job-ready skills, training and seminars to disadvantaged men and women entering or re-entering the workforce in the greater Miami area and across the United States.
“We strive to battle unemployment by helping men and women get back on their feet and into the workplace,” said Deborah Dorsett, Executive Director of GMSC. “The knowledge that they are dressed appropriately can give interviewees the confidence they need to focus on the questions at hand, and the National Suit Drive is a wonderful cause that provides needed assistance as we help position our clients to achieve success.”
As part of this year’s National Suit Drive, Men’s Wearhouse is issuing a challenge to consumers across the country to meet or exceed the goal of 250,000 donated items. Over the past seven years, the National Suit Drive has collected approximately 850,000 professional clothing donations, and this year marks the opportunity to break the one million donation mark.
Residents of Miami can donate their gently-used professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes at local Men’s Wearhouse locations. As a thank you, donors will receive 50% off the regular retail price of their next purchase from Men’s Wearhouse (excluding shoes, clearance and Exceptional Value items)
Last year, GMSC was able to help dozens of young men and veterans in the Miami area receive a chance to get back to work.
“A suit is more than just about how you look – it’s about how you feel, and it’s important to feel your absolute best during a job interview,” said Doug Ewert, CEO of The Men's Wearhouse, Inc. “The National Suit Drive gives those looking to re-enter the workforce a chance at a new beginning. Through this annual campaign, we’ve had an opportunity to truly make a difference in people’s lives, and we’re excited at the potential of reaching one million donations this year.”
This year, the National Suit Drive is partnering with DeMarco Murray, the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, to help spread the word. “Whether ‘suiting up’ on the field or off, I’ve felt first-hand the confidence a suit provides and how it helps you perform at your personal best,” said Murray. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with the National Suit Drive to give other men throughout the nation the ability to recognize their dreams – and achieve them.”